Zach MinersU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Alibaba's IPO could be 'open sesame' for global expansion

Alibaba's international expansion could accelerate following its US listing

Home Depot breach put 56 million payment cards at risk, company says

New encryption is in place in U.S. stores, the retailer said -- small consolation for those who were affected.

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Bug infects Apple's iOS 8 HealthKit, delaying third-party app launches

The iOS 8 feature plays a key role in Apple's health tracking ambitions

Lyft car-pooling opens in LA despite regulatory challenge

California regulators last week called the service illegal. But that hasn't stopped services like Lyft from operating like business as usual.

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Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die

Yahoo says legislation giving estate attorneys broad data access violates its terms.

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Uber ignores California's warning, doubles down on carpool service

The company is promoting a service regulators have said violates the law, while permanently cutting the price of its lower-cost UberX service.

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Google reports a 19% jump in US government data requests

Governments of many nations are increasingly asking Google to hand over information on its users

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California regulators say Uber, Lyft and Sidecar's carpool services are illegal

Drivers can't carry multiple passengers while charging individual fares, the California Public Utilities Commission said.

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U.S. threatened Yahoo with $250,000 daily fines for defying surveillance requests

Yahoo's disclosure comes amid newly unsealed court documents

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Dropbox reports a steady rise in government data requests

The firm received 268 requests during the first half of 2014

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Coinbase expands Bitcoin services in Europe

The expansion allows people to exchange bitcoins and accept payments in 13 European countries

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Google buys 'smart' spoon maker Lift Labs

Lift Labs makes a mechanical spoon for people with neurodegenerative diseases.

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Twitter sets its platform ambitions high with new 'Flight' conference

The event will help outside developers build apps using Twitter tools

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5 things the Apple Watch can do, and 5 things it can't

There's fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

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Home Depot confirms breach of its payment systems

Customers will not be held responsible for fraudulent charges, the company said